Something wicked this way comes by ray bradbury

Eleanor Martin

Epigraph: "Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing." -Ray Bradbury
Universal Theme: The universal theme in Something Wicked This Way Comes is uncertainty, immortality, and fear. Throughout the book both Will and Jim are driven by curiosity to find out the secrets of the carnival. Although they are uncertain they both know that they will face many dangers before finding out the truth. Charles is driven by his belief that he is too old to be a use. He wishes that he could be young again. Jim was often portrayed as the fearless character in the book; Ray Bradbury often compares the boys' hands to show that Will's hands are shaking with fear. These constant reminders of Will being a coward in his own eyes helps Will realization that although he is wiser than Jim he is less driven to find the truth. The entire book has many strange events that leave the reader feeling uncertain of the author, Ray Bradbury's, purpose of the book.
The tone of Something Wicked This Way Comes is mysterious. No one really knows what is going on at the carnival; even after visting the Mirror Maze Mrs. Folley does not know what she saw in the maze. The character are constantly presented with a new detail that leads them closer to finding out the secrets of the carnival, but also leads them into even deeper confusion.
This image shows two boys outside with no shoes. It reminded me of Will and Jim because of how much time they spend with each other outdoors. A Day In The Life:
Something Wicked This Way Comes takes place in a small, country town called Green Town, Illnois. This book takes place in the 1950s', which is one of the reasons Will and Jim got away with what they did. In this town no one locked thier doors or worried about young boys being out alone at night. The boys were allowed to have the freedom that children today will never have. The community in this town was very close knit; many people said hello to Will and Jim in the streets, even many of the shop owners were Jim and Will's friends, however the book also highlights the distrust between many citizens of the town. Forinstance when Rodger (Mr. Coogar) accuses Will and Jim of robbing Mrs. Folley she is quick to agree with him. Will and Jim also warned Mrs. Folley about the carnival, however she still refuses to belive that anything could be wrong.
"He wanted to be near and not near them, he saw them close, he saw them far. Suddenly they were awfully small in too large a room in too big a town and much too huge a world. In this unlocked place they seemed at the mercy of anything that might break in from the night.Including me, Will thought, including me p. 19." Something Wicked This way Comes by Ray Bradbury This quote comes from the first night Will and Jim have just met the lightning rod salesman, and they know the carnival is coming to town. He felt like he was hurting them by being around them, but that he was also hurting them when he was away. Will knew that his father was not happy, and although he wanted to change that his father alway taught him that there was a difference between being good and happy, and that he (Will's father) had chosen to be good. Will was also feeling overwhelmed; he was confused from his confrotation with the lightninging rod salesmen and bothered by Jim's eagarness to see the carnival. Will seemed like he was older than 13, and he often, though laking "street smarts", saved Jim from many of the carnival's dangers. The book in written in 3rd person omniscent, but mainly focuses on Will. However the book does a great job of capturing his emotions in any situation. It often descibes his hands, or other physical movements to show how he is feeling in a specific scene.
Text to World Connection: Will often felt isolated and unlistened too. Jim constantly wanted to find out more about the carnival, and Will always seemed to get dragged along. He also felt this in his family; he was so much like his father that they would have been best friends if his father was younger. Will desperately wants to be close to his father, but his father felt like he would hold Will back from becoming something great. Will was surrounded by people who loved him, yet he still felt alone. This makes me think about people that want as many friends as possible, although this is not what Will does he shows that you can still feel lonely in a big group of people, and feel perfectly content when you are alone. This table reminds me of the isolation Will felt in his town.
When the boys first hear the carnival train at midnight they sneak out to see what secrets the carnival hides. Although they have left their houses at night before, this is the start of many dangerous activities they do in the dark of night.
Will would not allow the barber to turn off his mechanical barber pole. The barber pole originally symbolized everlasting joy and hope. It constantly turns giving off the appearance of a never-ending line. Will wants this to continue for this reason; he wants things to be never ending so that nothing can ever stay bad. Both Will and his father struggle with feeling happiness and hope. The symbol of the barber pole reassured Will that although things were bad now they would not stay bad forever.
When the boys first hear about the carnival they are hesitant over the strange timing of the event. The story takes place in mid-October, a time when school has started and carnivals usally don't come to town. This starts the boy suspicion of the carnival. This picture is of a carnival; this reminds me of the parade in the book. It would be very loud and it would be easy to hide in the crowd like Will and Jim did.
When Will and Jim first meet the Illustrated Man a image of a snake ready to attack appears on his arm. This represents his ability to feed off of the fear and destruction of those around him.
The carousel represented the desire to become younger for many adults. Although she did not know its secrets Mrs. Foley was drawn to the carousel and ended up turning herself into a lost and broken child without her realizing it.
This painting reminds me of Charles Halloway (Will's father.) He is a wise man but still does not have faith in himself. He feels too old to be a friend to Will, although Will wants to talk with his father often. Charles always argues that he is much too old to do something or that Will is much wiser than he is. However Charles plays a main role in saving both Will and Jim.
Mrs. Foley was once Will and Jim's teacher, however she is tricked by her nephew Robert (Mr. Coogar) and turns herself into a lost child. She was a character that represented innocence. She was so drawn to the carousel that she went on it even though it was unsafe, and ended up taking her life.
Mandala: My Mandala has a center of purple and yellow to represent Will's wisdom and cowardice. The next layer is grey to show his reliability when it comes to helping Jim. The next colors are blue and white to representunity between Will and Jim and youth. Then orange to represent the energy between the two boys. These colors repeat until the outside where I used red and black to represent the danger and death that surround Will in the book. When Will and Jim go to the library to vistit Charles, Will gets a book on dinosaurs. Although Will is very smart and seems like an adult at times this book symbolized his youthfulness.
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